Violent reactions to nutrition or drinking are unfortunately not strange to some parents. Crying, skin irritation, colic, spitting, diarrhea, nausea, colds, tearing eyes and tightness. All kinds of symptoms that can be raised by food intolerance or food allergy in baby or child.
About four to eight percent of children up to three years old suffer from a food allergy. The cause of this is not always immediately obvious. Time to find out what causes this unwanted reaction from your baby. And perhaps more importantly, how you can ensure that your baby feels better again.
For the diagnosis of food allergy, go to the doctor
It can give you a powerless feeling, such a crying, sad baby without knowing what is causing the expression of dissatisfaction, pain or burden. You can try to find out for yourself what the cause is, but it is more sensible to go to the doctor.
Do you have the idea that the reaction is caused by giving cow's milk and is the self-diagnosis going towards cow's milk allergy? Then you can indeed try or leave the reaction without giving the cow's milk. Whatever the reaction, go to the doctor or consultation office doctor. He can confirm or deny your suspicion of food allergies in babies or children.
Food shortages by self-doctoring
It is important that the doctor makes a diagnosis. It can very well be something else, such as aversion (psychological) or infection (of which children experience a lot in the first years). If you make your own conclusions without the advice of a general practitioner, there is a chance that your child will inadvertently get nutritional deficiencies. And that while you want the best for the baby. If there is a food allergy in the case of babies or children, a diet plan must be made together with a dietitian.
Is it actually a food allergy, and is this diagnosis made by the GP or consultation office doctor? Then it will most likely refer you to a dietitian. The costs for this are reimbursed from the health insurance. In order to get the costs reimbursed, you must always ensure that you receive a referral letter. The first three treatment hours for dietary advice are reimbursed from the basic insurance. For children up to the age of 18 there is never a deductible for healthcare from the basic insurance.
Allergietest baby when?
There is no minimum age for doing an allergy test. In newborn babies, antibodies against allergens can already be demonstrated with an allergy test. It is true that the presence of the antibodies does not confirm that these are the cause of the complaints. That is why, in consultation with a dietitian, you can test whether the cause can be found in the diet. Together you set up a diet plan in which you exclude the suspicious foods.
When can you consider an allergy test in baby or child?
If your baby or child has persistent symptoms that fit with an allergy such as continuous coughing and a cold, shortness of breath and eczema. Your doctor can help you further.
Origin of food allergy in baby or child
A food allergy in babies or babies usually occurs in the first year of life of a baby. The allergy is often caused because the openings in the intestinal wall are still quite large. This means that too large pieces of protein can pass through the intestinal wall and go to the blood. This abundance through the immature gastrointestinal tract causes the allergic reaction.
The allergy does not have to arise because the baby eats or drinks the food itself. But the allergy can also come from what the mother herself consumes while she is still breastfeeding. The substances then reach the baby via breast milk.
Most common allergies
In the first year of life, about two percent of the children suffer from a cow's milk allergy. That while thirty percent of parents suspect that their child has this form of allergy. Allergies that occur most often in the first year of life are cow's milk allergy and chicken egg allergy. The cow's milk allergy is in most cases because the child grows over it.
In some other cases, when there are antibodies in the body against the milk protein, it often takes longer than a year. Furthermore, children are often sensitive to soy, peanuts, nuts, wheat and fish.
Difference between allergy, intolerance and aversion
In case of food allergies in babies or children, there is an allergic reaction by a protein in the diet. The body makes antibodies against this. Symptoms are often abdominal pain, vomiting, nausea, diarrhea and constipation.
With an intolerance to nutrition, these complaints are present to a lesser extent. The immune system has nothing to do with the reaction of the body in intolerance.
An aversion has nothing to do with an allergy or intolerance, but is psychological. In that case, it can be a solution to give the feeding in which the aversion arises in a different way to the baby.
Knowing more? Take a look at the website of the food allergy foundation.